MyWiredImagination

Securing Tutorial PDFs

I purchase a lot of tutorials both here and out on the WWW, and it never ceases to amaze me, the number of tutorials that aren’t secured in any way. It’s sad to have to think about it, but in this day and age, it has to be considered.
Why? If your tutorial is not secured, anyone having a copy of it can easily lift both photos and text and place them in a document of their own. Now I know what you’re thinking – “I have a copyright notice at the end of my tutorial, so I’m protected.” No you’re not! These days, a simple copyright statement is not near enough. Anyone with little to no moral values, can and will swipe your content.
Now if they are really determined, there are programs out there that will get past the security by brute force – but why make it easy for them?
There are 2 wonderful inexpensive options out there for you. (Probably a lot of options, but these 2 are my favorites.)

First (and free) is OpenOffice –http://www.openoffice.org/ This is a wonderful alternative to Microsoft Word. It will even allow you to open a completed Word document in Open office, and retain your Word formatting. To create a PDF, you simply “export to PDF’ which opens a wonderful host of options – how the tutorial is viewed; the ability to change the quality percentage to reduce the file size if needed; and add very specific security features. They (Open Office) has great support features to help with any questions about the program you might have. One of the nicest features is the ability to set the pages at “continuous” so the reader sees the information flow, rather than “jump” from page to page. They can view, say the bottom of one page and the top of the next page at the same time, which helps in viewing a complex set of steps.

Second is Deskpdf by Docudeskhttp://www.docudesk.com/desk_pdf_product_home.shtml This one is not free, but for $25.00 is not bad either. This one I consider my “quick and dirty” PDf converter. It has the wonderful option to sit on your desktop, and convert ANY FILE to PDF. It’s quite useful even outside the primary objective of converting a tutorial. The security features in this one are a bit higher than OpenOffice, and a little more intuitive, but it does lack the option to set the PDF to continuous – the pages automatically flip to the next page, when you scroll down to the bottom.

I’ve had several conversations with other artists, that really don’t see the need for securing their document; but you put a lot of work into creating your tutorials and sending them out in the world unsecured is asking someone to steal your hard work.
Thanks for listening 😀 – if you have any questions about these 2 programs, just holler – I’m always happy to help.

~Bobbi
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha

2 Hinged cages and a Locket – Tutorial

After 2 computer crashes, countless re-writes, and a heavy teaching schedule, I finally finished my newest tutorial – 2 Hinged Cages and a Locket. It grew much larger than I originally planned, with 3 FULLY ILLUSTRATED variations. I seriously considered separating out the Locket variation as a stand alone tutorial, but the “leave it in” part of my brain won the toss.

This tutorial teaches you step by step how to create a basic hinged cage, with or without beaded embellishments. This is a wonderfully versatile design to hold a favorite stone, maybe a love note, or a treasured trinket. Once it is on a chain, it is virtually impossible to come open by accident.
As a bonus this tutorial also includes 2 COMPLETE step by step variations including a crossed wire and locket style cage.
The owner of a local bead shop showed me the mechanics of the hinge close to 15 years ago. A very dear friend of mine, Master Wire Worker Ed Sinclair, created a published one in 1994. He has generously given me permission to share my versions of the basic cage and a crossed wire technique that he developed years ago.

This is an advanced level tutorial – it assumes you are familiar with basic wire techniques and improvising when needed. It is 28 pages with 67 steps and over 100 crisp, clear photographs. The file size is 2.3MB.

Don’t be intimidated by the length and number of steps – This tutorial covers 3 FULLY illustrated pieces. While this is an advanced level tutorial, intermediate wire workers with a solid foundation of basic wire wrapping skills can, with patience, complete this design.

Thank you for visiting……. Bobbi

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha

Fred – Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

Hmmmm, where do I even begin with Fred. First off, he’s a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo, and the reason I almost didn’t get BabyDoll. Fred is definitely a rescue. He had 3 homes and 2 stints in a pet shop before me. When I got him, he had been in a pet shop (the second time) for about a year.
I blame his first home for many of his worst issues. From what I could find out, they took young Fred home, placed him in a nice enough cage set up in the family room. One very important thing they forgot was to put up a gate, at least temporarily, to prevent their 2 very large dogs from running up to the cage any time they felt like it. To compound the issue, the cage was fairly low, putting Fred at eye-level with the dogs. People’s stupidity, or if you prefer, ignorance astounds me. It is amazing how many “educated” adults fail to realize and acknowledge a parrots prey mentality. Unless you prove otherwise, they view just about everything as something that is going to eat them. Nature has programmed them that way for survival.
After about 3 months, Fred’s first owners brought Fred back to the pet shop, and begged them to take him back. Even though they shared their dogs intense interest in him, they couldn’t understand why Fred SCREAMED non-stop. Now if you never heard a Cockatoo scream in distress or fear, it is a blood-curdling noise comparable to fingernails on a blackboard magnified 100 fold.
Fred didn’t fair much better in his next 2 homes. They both had dogs, and though they didn’t allow the dogs to inspect Fred at will, they both went with the opposite “faux pa”. Every time Fred screamed, they came running – “awww Fred, poor Fred”. Bad move….. Now I’m not saying that should completely ignore a distress call, but running to it every time it screams, only teaches it how to call you to come. Both of those 2 homes did seem to really care for Fred, but were over-whelmed with a large ‘Too with emotional issues.
When I met Fred, his screaming had been reduced to a minimum, being there were no dogs in the pet store. Now I have 2 dogs – an English springer, and an African Mastiff, but I felt confident (or cocky depending on your point of view) that I could help Fred overcome is early bird-hood trauma. That coupled with the fact that it was painfully obvious, he would have no other choice than to live his life in my friend’s pet shop. I just couldn’t stand that thought..
After a trip to the vet, standard fair for new arrivals in my home, Fred was introduced to my already abundant “Noah’s Ark”. I’m not sure, but I think the presence of all the other birds in my house was somehow a small comfort. When we got home, I kept his travel cage covered for a bit, to lesson the trauma of a new and strange environment. The cage I had set up was (is) huge. Its actually a double meant for multiple Macaws. he now lives in one half – Laci my African Grey, his next door neighbor. One big plus for Fred is the cage is very tall (almost 8′). He can get well above head-height if he chooses (not something I’d recommend for every bird, but that’s another post).
After he got settled in and comfortable and happy enough to munch some lunch, I let the dogs out of the bedroom. Now my birds have their own room with a gate; the dogs can only walk by, not go in the room. By the way, my dogs, unlike most, have no interest in the birds whatsoever, except for the occasional treat that the birds fling at them. Fred’s initial reaction at seeing the dogs was as expected – he started to scream. I responded in a very “matter of fact” tone of voice that it was okay, and quietly ushered the dogs outside. Fred almost immediately quit screaming; he actually seemed confused at the dogs lack of interest in him.
Over the next week or so, the routine was the same – if Fred saw the dogs, and screamed, I simply (not all gushy) reassured him it was okay, and took the dogs outside. When Fred saw the dogs and didn’t scream, I rewarded him with his favorite treat, warm carrots and honey. Amazingly the screaming stopped (where the dogs were concerned) fairly quickly.
It took Fred nearly 6 months to fully settle into the house and the daily routine. Now Patches (my Springer) has NO interest in the birds whatsoever – the walking marshmallow could care less, even if one flies to the floor. Suie my African Mastiff’s only interest is the bird’s food – including seed. In the beginning if she ventured to close to the gate in her never ending quest for goodies, and Fred became upset, I simply (gently) scolded her and ushered her away from the gate. It didn’t take long for Fred to figure out that Suie’s only interest was his flung food.
These days Suie is a constant source of entertainment for Fred. Fred will deliberately drop seed, peek over the bars to see if Suie is picking them up, and them grab a foot-full of seed and pelt her with it. Her being startled by this, amuses Fred and he starts laughing. if she won’t come over on her own, Fred actually calls her – “come here, Suie, Suie, come here”. She gets pelted with seed if she actually falls for it – which she does, every time. The other favorite entertainment? Fred waits for Suie to lay down and dose off. Fred has learned, that if utters a certain screech, Suie will jump up, run to the front door and bark. Fred being so high up, he can see the driveway and anyone it long before the dogs – that’s actually how that started – now when Fred is bored, he gets amusement from sending Suie to the front door barking. At that point Fred and several of the other birds start barking, and Suie just wonders off to the bedroom to sleep.
Fred has lots of other issues – he is after all a ‘Too – but I’ve rambled enough for one day.

Thanks for visiting
~Bobbi
“You can learn many things from your children. How much patience you have for instance.” ~Franklin P. Jones

Getting Your Work Noticed On-Line Be Seen, Be Seen, Be Seen ~~PART 3~~

Okay – class?, class?, class? – oops sorry, had a Sister Mary Elephant flashback.

Before I move on, I’d like to share a small experiment I did recently using elements from the first 2 Be Seen articles. You did read them didn’t you?
I recently put 4 photos up in my Flickr account – 2 of the Mens’ Diamond Ring, and 2 of the Double Swinging Topaz pendant (both are in the gallery here). One each (ring and pendant) photos, I just added to my jewelry groups I belong to. The other set I added to my groups AND added them to Diigo, Mr Wong, Delicious, and Stumbleupon. The view differences were staggering. For the ring photo 1 (heavily bookmarked) the views were 134 for one day, while the un-bookmarked photo 2 received only 43 views. The same for the pendant photo 1 – bookmarked, the views were 271, and photo 2 received only 15 views. Social bookmarking DOES work.

Google Tools

Now that you’ve added your work in every social bookmark you can, (http://mywiredimagination.blogspot.com/2009/10/getting-your-work-noticed-on-line-be.html ) and started a blog (http://mywiredimagination.blogspot.com/2009/09/getting-your-work-noticed-on-line-be.html ), now it’s time to for more tools to get you into searches, and see how well things are working, AND see what needs to be changed to be more effective.

First you’ll need to get a Google account if you don’t already have one. Now before you start groaning about having another e-mail account (I can hear you), aside from being about the best e-mail service on the planet (no I don’t work for them), it is loaded with simple, but very useful tools. Gmail is free, and though it may take a little getting used its well worth it.

1) You have the ability to enable POP3 settings (without having to pay extra like Yahoo), so that you can still use Outlook, and Outlook Express mail.
2) You can have all your other mail accounts forwarded to Gmail, and access them all from one location, and set up filters and folders to easily keep track.
3) You have labels and filters, you set up so your mail is automatically sorted and labeled, and be color coded. Corra helped to put this one to the best use, as I have it set up to sort my sales, and PayPal receipts.
4) There is built in chat with other Gmail contacts, with one click…
5) A one click vacation responder with personal message…
There is a search mail function that actually works well, and tons of other features.
2 of the most useful features (I bet you thought I wasn’t going to get to it) are Google Alerts and Google Base

Google Alerts “http://www.google.com/alerts”
I have igoogle as my homepage, so to get to alerts, I just click on the “my account” link at the top right. Underneath your profile and personal settings are the tabs to access all sorts of useful goodies besides Alerts and Base.
Adsense — Blogger — igoogle — Talk — Docs — Orkut — YouTube — Gmail — Picassa Web Albums — Adwords — Groups — Web History
If you click on “more under try something new”, you have a full page of tools worth checking out.

Once you are on your account page, click on alerts. For the most part you will want to choose “comprehensive” to get the most information from your alert, but you can set the alert for specifics, such as news.

Now you enter your search terms – You’ll want to create a new alert for each term. Set up alerts for your name; your user ID – all of them if you have more than one; your shop name, again all of them if you have more than one; your products, especially if they are very specific, such as the name of a tutorial or a very unique design to YOU (try not to use just the term ‘tutorial’, you’ll be flooded with all kinds of miss-information); the title of your blog(s), the address of your blog(s); your username at every site you’re registered at, or have an account with such as http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbi-Maw

There are no limits to how many alerts you can create, so ‘cover all your bases’. Set up a folder for “Google alerts”, and color code it so it doesn’t get lost in your mail.

Not all returns will pertain to you, but those sometimes provide useful info too, in helping to refine your alerts, and see what people are searching for. I set my alerts to once a day – that’s once a day for EACH alert, which depending on how many alerts you have, will determine how much info is returned. Most alerts will show what folks were searching for, and where they finally landed in their search.

Google Base
“http://www.google.com/base”
Now to help move you along, there is Google Base, a free service for submitting all kinds of content for Google to host. You manually put your products and info into Google search engines. You can post items one at a time; use a data feed by uploading a spreadsheet or XML file which allows you to uploaded multiple items at one time; or for the techno-savvy there is API.

All 3 options have wonderful, very detailed instructions.

If you already have an Etsy shop – http://letsets.com has a free Google Base formatter. You just enter your user name or ID number and click “fetch my items”. It returns a complete list of all your shop items. At the bottom of the list, is the link to save the XML file to your computer, and even a link right there to take you back to Google Base to input your whole shop into Google.You can set it to renew on a monthly basis, or delete and re-create it, it if you have a lot of changes in your shop.

Now if you’ve stuck with me through all this go have a beer, cup of hot tea, or play at recess – you earned it.
Thanks for listening….SEE ya soon………..
~Bobbi
http://MyWiredImagination.etsy.com
http://www.KarmaWired.blogspot.com

Meet Artist Gordon Uyehara – Precious Metal Clay

Sunday September 20, 2009
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST

Where:http://www.livevideo.com/liveshow/The-Jewelry-Connection
Join The Jewelry connection for a live interview with guest independent jewelry artist Gordon Uyehara of Hawaii! Gordon is a well loved and highly revered teacher and designer in Precious Metal Clay.
From Mona Hair – Jewelry Connection “His interview will be incredibly informative and his review of work will no doubt be a marvelous experience. It’s an honor to welcome Gordon to the broadcast room and I’m looking forward with great anticipation to sharing this experience with you!”

Where:http://www.livevideo.com/liveshow/The-Jewelry-Connection
Time: 12pm PST 2pm CST or 3pm EST depending on where you are in the USA; if you’re in Europe show time is 9pm except in the UK where it is 8pm

If you create a user ID at this site you may real time text to the show and even join us with your own web cam if you so desire! Nothing at all is required to simply join the broadcast room and watch the show!

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet world renowned Precious Metal Clay Artist Gordon Uyehara. Don’t miss it! See ya there :))

For those of you who haven’t seen Mr. Uyehara’s work, pop on over here to his personal gallery site:
http://www.geocities.com/gtrsolo/index.html

~Bobbi
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha

 

Getting Your Work Noticed On-Line Be Seen Be Seen Be Seen ~~PART 2~~

There’s lots of tips and tricks I’ve tried, too much for just one or two articles, so here’s is another ‘installment’ – Hope you find it useful.

Did you finish all the suggestions from the first article? No??? What ever have you been doing? snicker – sorry – ahem – There’s a little more to Blogs and Flickr, I wanted to mention….

For those of you just starting out, if you don’t already have a blog – Get One? Blogspot.com makes it incredibly easy to create one – there is a nice selection of standard templates, and tons of help and how-to guides for creating one. They are easily updated when you get brave enough to mess with the html code…And before you start groaning (I can hear you), if I can do it, anyone can! Now there was a time I swore I would never have one, and couldn’t for the life of me see the point – Now I have 2. Aside from showing off what I’m up to jewelry wise, they’re fun and a great “release” of sorts.

When you start getting your work “out there”, people want to know what you’re working on, how you made it (what inspired you). When people start to find your blog more and more, they become more interested. You can even attract followers – folks that like what you’re writing about, and want to keep up to date. Talk about your shop you have, Etsy, Artfire, or whatever – do a post about the latest craft fair you went to and/or were in – a great new piece you just struggled to make and now your tickled pink with. Every now and then, throw a personal post in there – not the new sexy nitey you got to wear for hubby, you won’t like the followers you get with that – but say – What you got or made yourself for your birthday – A great holiday to Australia you went on – Your roommates hilarious attempt to bring a motorcycle home in the car. Something that adds a feel for who you are, what you’re like – a more personal touch to the jewelry they are going to go buy in your shop. And yes people become interested in your work, and want to buy it – or ask do you have a tutorial for it. That’s exactly how I got started selling tutorials on-line BTW. I have taught in person for years, but it wasn’t until my blog that interest in tutorials came about – Well that and the encouragement of a very dear friend.

When you write your posts, make sure you add photos (blogspot does most of the work on this one too), but try not to over load it, remember some of your readers might be on dial-up. I try to keep the number somewhere around 3 or 5. The odd number comes from my art and photography classes, many years ago – It helps keep the piece balanced and pleasing to look at. If you write just a short post, use just one photo, place it to one side, and wrap the text around it.

One of the biggest things to remember about adding photos, is to make sure, they are crisp, clear, and well focused. You don’t know who’s going to look at them, and while they may look okay on a small screen, you have to think about if someone is going to look at them from a bigger screen computer, or if they are going to blow it up to get a better look.

Once you have a blog and Flickr started – tie the 2 together. Blogspot makes it so easy to add a slide show from Flickr. All you have to do is go into your ‘dashboard’, click ‘layout’, select ‘add a gadget’, enter your Flickr user name, click ‘save’ – poof you’re done. That wasn’t so painful, was it? If you already have an Etsy shop, you can add your ‘Etsy Mini’ in a similar fashion. Artfire has some great promo buttons, that unlike Etsy, actually link back to YOUR shop.

Both Flickr and Blogspot have wonderful widgets to add to your Flickr and Blog to provide more information, or to be entertaining, just try not to get TOO carried away – (I’m still working on that one BTW)……

see ya soon…..I’ll Be Back with more 🙂

~Bobbi

Getting Your Work Noticed On-Line – Be Seen, Be Seen, Be Seen

While a couple of articles have been written on this already – I thought they left out a lot – So here’s my ‘stash’ of useful goodies and thoughts…
Whether you have a shop (or two) on-line, a blog, or just pictures of great jewelry you make – none of it means anything if people don’t see it.
Here lately in my own efforts to get my work “out there”, I’ve ran across a lot of ideas, tips, and tricks for trying to ‘get seen’ – Some work, others, not so well.
The first is a collection of what’s called “social bookmarking”. Bookmarking services (free), keep track of your bookmarks on-line (useful in itself in the event of a computer crash), but in my opinion, under-utilized in promoting yourself.
The light went on for me when I got an Artfire shop. It comes with wonderful ‘shop stats’. Besides showing how many hits you’ve gotten – it also shows the referring URL – where and what someone was looking at, when they came to your shop/blog/whatever. There are great widgets you can put on your blog, and Flickr that will provide similar stats. Flagcounter, and Feedit’s LiveTraffic are 2 of my favorites.
Addthis.com provides free code to add the “Share Button” to blogs, Facebook, MySpace, and stand alone web sites to make it really easy for others to share your work too.
Back to the bookmarking – This is the ‘short list’ of what’s out there – Some work, others’ don’t, and some may not pertain to what you’re trying to accomplish, but you can try them out for yourselves. – I have an account (free) in about 90% of these, and I’ll go through and highlight some of my favorites. You can ‘Google’ any of these to get the actual URL, and a short description…..
Some of these you’ll notice aren’t exactly ‘social bookmarking, but they perform a similar function…The idea being to get SEEN… When you set up an account, make sure you put links in your profile of everywhere your work can be found and/or purchased.

Ask – Furl – Reddit –
Backflip – Google Bookmarks – Segnalo –
BallHype – Kaboodle – Simpy –
Bebo – Link-a-GogoSlashdot
BlinklistLinkedInSpurl
Blogmarks – Live – STUMBLEUPON
DeliciousMagnolia – Tailrank –
Digg – Mister WongTechnorati
Diigo – Mixx – Twitter
Multiply – Yahoo Bookmarks –
Fark – myAOL – Yahoo Buzz –
Faves (Bluedot) – MySpaceFlickr
Favorites – Netvouz – Yardbarker –
FeedMeLinks – Newsvine – Yahoo – MyWeb –
FriendFeed – PropellerYouTube
FlixyaBlogLog

Now you’re probably wondering how social bookmarking can help you – Here’s how most of them work – You bookmark a site, photo, item, whatever, and most offer the option for a short description and TAGS, so that your bookmarks are search-able by other users. Be as thorough on your tags as you possible can, and make sure when the option comes up, that you set your bookmarks “public”. (Don’t worry, most have an option to set each bookmark as public or private). One of your primary goals is then to bookmark YOURSELF. Now you don’t want to bookmark just yourself, you’ll turn some people off thinking that’s all you’re are doing is advertising.
Bookmark your friends sites and offerings, artists you admire, wonderful stuff you run across on the web – you surf, you know you do, use it. After a while (a very short time on some) other users will see your style, and tastes, and frequent your bookmarks more often.
My favorite, and according to my stats in Artfire, one of the most used – is STUMBLEUPON. It has free toolbars to add to your internet browsers, and a nicely laid out account format – You can even acquire fans :). Stumble yourself, your newest listing, latest post on your blog – they will get seen! Stumble is wonderful!
Delicious, Diigo, Mr Wong, Magnolia, BlogLog, MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, rank close seconds. Delicious, Diigo, and Mr Wong, also have browser toolbars available.
Flickr is under-utilized too in my opinion. There are millions of photo fanatics on the web – use them. When you have an account, (and I posted more info on this at http://www.jewelrylessons.com/jewel/node/7967 ) don’t just include photos of your jewelry. Include pics of your animals, a great wedding you went to, beach photos, your kitchen remodeling project etc, and tag really, really well!! Someone searching for kitty cat pictures for example, finds your photos of your babies, and 9 times out of 10 will look at some of your other photos. They see your pics of your newest works, and while they weren’t intending to shop searching Flickr, your pieces peaked their interest, and they will look for links in your profile, to see where you sell. Before you think that’s all to Flickr, search out any and all groups, (there’s even one for JewelryLessons.com hint, hint) that you can contribute related pictures to..
Here’s an example of what I mean – I love and raise Parrots and Lories – I joined every group I could find related to them, from Pet Birds, to Lorie-ographers, and posted pics of some of my babies. I actually get people from jewelry un-related groups to come and look at my work. They came to look to see what other great bird pics I have, and end up seeing my jewelry. One woman from a Lorie group, made her way to my Etsy shop – Bingo!

Don’t be afraid to join jewelry groups either, even as a ‘newbie’, they can be a wonderful source of encouragement and ideas, and again, your work is making it’s way around the net. People mark their favorites, and someone else looks at their favorites, and marks some of their favorites, and so on, and so on.

One more before I go – (I know you’re thinking you’re reading a revised version of War and Peace) – Don’t forget TWITTER – Now again don’t just post sales or listings, people will tend to get annoyed, and stop following you. Make new friends, keep up with current ones, subtly keep them up to date on what you’re working on…

As I run across new outlets and ideas, I’ll come back and share them here – I couldn’t go through all of what I’ve tried in one article, you’all might fall asleep :))

Thank you for visiting………
~Bobbi
“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. “~Mark Twain

NEW Tutorial Release ~~~ Ornate Double-Terminated Focal-Clasp

Hi All – Just finished my newest tutorial, and am really excited about it! The primary project in this tutorial is a progression of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet. It assumes you either have that tutorial, or are familiar with that style of bracelet. Only the modifications to the ends of the bracelets to fasten to the Cab Top Clasp are covered, not the entire Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial.
When finished the Cab Top creates a nearly INVISIBLE clasp.

This tutorial teaches you step by step the techniques needed to create the Cab-Top Invisible Clasp, along with variations that include the Multi-Strand Bracelet, the Watch-Top Invisible Clasp, and the Ornate Focal Clasp for necklaces. This is an advanced tutorial, though if you’re comfortable in the basic skills set, the steps are detailed enough a patient intermediate level wire worker can accomplish these projects.
I hope you get a chance to check it out! Also available in my Shops – a Bracelet Tutorial Package for both the Swarovski Crystal Bracelet and the Ornate Double-Terminated Focal/Clasp. Purchasing them together saves you 25%!

Many, many thanks to Perri J ShaktipajDesigns for her continued support, friendship, and wisdom.

Background art in the cover photo, courtesy of Sabrina.


Thank you for stopping by…………………Bobbi
“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” ~Tolstoy

Where’s The Mens Cab Ring Tutorial

I recently posted a new tutorial Mens Cab Ring. It has since been pulled from publication on all my sites. It was reported to me, that someone I have respected for a long time felt my design looked to close to theirs. While the text and images and construction is my own, in deference to this person I have removed the tutorial from sale. I felt I developed improved techniques for constructing a ring of this type. The text that I wrote and the pictures I took reflected these improvements in techniques.

While I realize this is a disappointment to some of you, I felt this was the correct thing to do. I may apply these same improved techniques to another project, and will certainly let everyone know when that happens. I appreciate your inquiries, and support.

thank you for visiting…………………
Bobbi

“Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you.” ~ Nicholai Velimirovic

Chewie – Hahn’s Macaw and my Oldest Child

Chewie is one of the 3 ‘mini-Macaws”. he’s a little jewel and one of the funniest to watch going a bout his day.
A little background – My bird room was my sun-room; it’s 24′ by 18′ and windows line 3 sides. The 4th side is all open to the living room. I put up wooden blinds to filter the light, but more to keep the birds from being startled by outside critters, birds, and my neighbors. Chewie’s cage doors are never shut. He has no interest in flying though he is fully feathered, his wings un-clipped. He can climb and crawl around his cage at will, though he never ventures to the floor or to any of his neighbors cages.
His favorite activity is to climb to the top of his cage (quite high up) and watch the outside world between the small gap between blinds. I’ve sat and watched Chewie from the living room for hours, fuss and talk at whatever happens to be in front of the window – from lizards to the neighbors cat, to the lawn man.
The funniest to watch/listen to is when the neighbors cat is walking the fence. Chewie repeats endlessly “here kitty, kitty, kitty – come here, come here, its okay, whatchadoing?” I try to stifle my laughter so he doesn’t realize I’m watching him, but sometimes its just overwhelming. When he does realize I’m watching him, the content changes to “whaaaaat?” “Hi Chew Chew – Peek-a-boo.” Actually “Peek-A-Boo” is the ‘rooms’ favorite contact call. Once Chewie starts it, the whole room will repeat it over and over, and over – in 12 different ‘voices’. 9 times out of 10, their day starts with round after round of “Peek-A-Boo”.
I hand raised Chewie – I’m Mom. He won’t tolerate anyone else but me; he’s bitten other’s in my household quite badly. Amazingly in his 13 years he’s never bitten me. And before you think that’s normal – its not. Being bitten at some point – even by a bird that adores you, is a fact of life. At some point (usually) its because you inadvertently ignore or miss a body language signal, and you get bit. It comes with the territory. Of course how you handle it determines how frequently it happens, or even if its ever repeated. A good example is Max, one of my Yellow Streak Lories who will bite the ever-lovin crap out of me, if while I’m holding him, my attention wanders even for a second.
Even though Hahn’s Macaws are not listed real high on the list for extraordinary talkers; Chewie’s vocabulary is pretty impressive. He very softly says “good morning” only in the morning – he does not say this at any other time of the day. The same can’t be said of “nite-nite”. It seems to be a favorite phrase, and at times is repeated so much, I almost regret teaching it to him. A small list of his vocabulary includes “come here; whatcha doin?; knock it off; what’s your problem?; awwww its okay; kiss-kiss (followed by the kiss-kiss noise); hi chew-chew; chew-chew-chewy; Bubba-Boy (my roommates nickname for my dog Patches); Suie quit; Suie hush; the wolf whistle; the microwave and my old phone. Chewie also barks like a dog, though it does sound more like a Chihuahua than a Mastiff. Chewie meows like the cat, coughs and sneezes like me, and thankfully has only one swear word – “shit”, which he unfortunately picked up from me since its my favorite phrase when I screw up. I have to laugh though, as there have been times when I’ve dropped something in the bird-room and Chewie says it before I can. Chewie has been an absolutely wonderful addition to my family. Big Macaw attitude in an itty bitty bird…..

Thanks for visiting………………………
Bobbi

“Friend Good!” ~Frankenstein

Corra’s Rosabella Tutorial Pendants

These pendants were made from Corra’s wonderful Rosabella Pendant Tutorial. They were so much fun to do, and quite addicting. I coiled the wire first – 30g Fine Silver over a 26g core – and added had-set 4mm and 5mm faceted Alexandrite in the centers.

Alexandrite is my favorite faceted stone, though it is a real pain to photograph with the color changes.

Many many thanks for sharing your wonderful designs Corra!!

Thank you for visiting….
Bobbi

“Dreams come a size too big, so we can grow into them” ~Josie Bissett

 

 

Lesson in Patience Dressed Up for Dinner at Perri’s

Sometimes it pays to stay up til 4:30 in the morning .
This is the ring from my tutorial Lesson in Patience Prong Ring Tutorial – dressed up with a variation of Perri’s (Shaktipaj) Periwinkle Bead Cap Tutorial .
The design hit me after seeing an antique dinner ring in a nearby antique mall – (I will try to get a picture of it to post). I used 28 and 30g GF wire, and 2mm and 4mm Swarovski Crystals.

Still playing with the combination of Perri’s Periwinkle and my Lesson tutorials. ~~In this pendant – the center stone is an 8mm faceted Olive Peridot CZ with 2mm and 4mm Swarovski crystals set in 14K GF wire.

Thank you for visiting…..
~Bobbi

“If you found in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded”. ~ Maya Angelou

Story Teller Link Swap – The links So Far….

Story Teller Link Swap Links.……..So Far

Update – 04/22/2009 – YAY!! All the links are in – packaged and on their way back to their new owners! Its been such an awesome pleasure to see all these wonderful links in person – Folks will have a tough decision choosing just 4 of these beautiful works of art!!

Keep an eye on the JewelryLessons Gallery for the finished bracelets – I’m sure they will ALL be stunning keepsakes!!

There’s still plenty of time – Come Swap with us

From Becky C (RBcampion)

From Barbara (Barbur)

From Karen (BerginsJewelry)

From Corra


From Vera (Athereal_Minx)

From Carrie (TimeandSand)

From Cyreathia (ReyerWare)


From Perri (Shaktipaj)

From Rita (Pupette3)


From Pam (Coiffure)

From Cathy (Simbelmyne)

From Valeria (Chakeeras)


From Shar

From Me – (BobbiWired)

Gift Links for the Swap – Inspired by antique Friendship quilts, I will be adding a couple of these for everyone that’s in the swap.

Perri has generously offered a free copy of her wonderful Periwinkle Bead Cap Tutorial to our Link Swappers.

…And Eni sadly is too swamped to swap, so she generously offered a free copy of her Spiral Pendant Tutorial .

Come join the Link Swap – There’s still plenty of time…

Story Teller Link Swap on JewelryLessons.com

New Tutorial – Lesson in Patience Ring and the Atom Pendant

Hi all –
I’ve just published a new tutorial – Its actually 2 designs in one – A solitaire style prong ring, and a prong pendant…..

I hope you enjoy the designs, and they delight and inspire you…

Tutorial available in both my Etsy and Artfire shops.

thanks for visiting…………………..
Bobbi

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you to.” ~Unknown

 

 

 

Story Teller Link Swap

Want to “swap stories”? Join the Story Teller Link Swap on JewelryLessons.com…..

Eni suggested this wonderfully fun challenge, and I jumped at the offer to host it.
Each participant would make 4 links – embellish them anyway you like. Each participant would then send them to me. As they arrive to me, I will list your names in the order the packages are post-marked. When all the links are in, I will add my 4 links, and mail them all back to the first person on the list. Each artist will take out 4 different links, and mail them on to the next person on the list enclosed. I will be last on the list.
I chose to do only 4 links to help keep the cost down, both in making the links, and the postage to send them. If there are enough participants, I will send them out in groups of 10 or 12 to a list to shorten the travel time.
When you get your links from 4 of your fellow artists, complete the bracelet with links to compliment the one’s you’ve chosen, and show off the finished piece in the gallery.

This is a fun challenge to share and exchange links with your fellow artists. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of skill level or country you live in.

If you wish to participate, please read over the guidelines and post a comment to this article that you wish to join in, and I will PM you my mailing address.

LINK SWAP GUIDELINES:
*Each participant will create 4 links; you can use square or round wire in either Gold Filled, Sterling Silver, Brass, or Copper – no craft wire, or artistic wire please.

*Embellish your links using any of the tutorial suggestions below, or create your own like Rita’s (Puppette3) cute little Bonsai trees.

Some element suggestions:
Snowflake Earrings with Wired Chinese Knot by Corra

Winter Wrath Earrings by Perri
Briolette Flower by Eni
Flower Power Earrings by Endearah
Beaded Flower by Eni

Butterfly Ring by Inge
Woven Imaginations by Franchezka
Orange Circular Pendant by Eni
5-Heart Pendant by BerginsJewelry
Indian Earrings by NaturalJewels
Wire Wrapped Cuff by Jodi

Vintage Briolette Cap by EarringsbyErin
Indian Bracelet by NaturalJewels
Crystal Woven Hoops by ChristinaAmador

*Please keep your link sizes to 1/2 inch square, so they fit nicely with other artists links.

*Send your links no later than April 15, 2009; the sooner you send them the closer to the beginning of the list you’ll be.

*Each participant is responsible for postage to the next recipient on the list; please make sure you include the list in your package before you send it on. – Priority tracking is encouraged but not required. (A list will be e-mailed to each participant…just in case)

*Each participant is encouraged to post a picture of the links they are sending in the gallery. Then update the project with the completed bracelet.

*Please take 1 link from 4 different artists, not all from the same artist.

Please come and join, and let’s Swap Stories :))……

Not a member of Jewelry Lessons??? Come join us – Registration is free…….


Here’s a Direct link to
the Story Teller Link Bracelet Tutorial

thank you for visiting…………..
Bobbi
“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” ~Donald Trump